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Sarkozy rules out lifting turban ban

world Updated: Sep 29, 2008 22:29 IST

Ruling out the lifting of a ban on wearing turbans in public schools in France, President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday said the rules apply to everybody without exception and there is no discrimination against Sikhs.

"We respect Sikhs, their tradition and culture. We have rules concerning the neutrality of civil servants and rules concerning secularism," Sarkozy told reporters during a joint press briefing with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the end of the 9th India-EU summit here.

"Rules apply to everybody with no exception. There is no discrimination (against Sikhs)," he said.

In France, wearing turbans is banned in public funded educational institutes.